Sunday 25 September 2016

Ambulance drug claim 'bulls**t' - says Garda chief's brother

Martin Grant and Ken Foy

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

Inset: David O'Sullivan
Inset: David O'Sullivan

Gardaí are trawling through records documenting the movement of ambulances after serious allegations of drugs misuse by paramedics.

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Paramedic Dave O'Sullivan - the brother of Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan - has denied any wrongdoing amid the garda and HSE probe.

Mr O'Sullivan (50), who lives in north Dublin, is currently on leave - along with another worker - pending the outcome of an investigation into the claims of drugs misuse among ambulance workers in Dublin.

The garda chief's brother strenuously denies the claims, describing them as "pure bulls**t".

David O'Sullivan: denial
David O'Sullivan: denial

Mr O'Sullivan told the Sunday World "there's no truth" in the claims.

It is understood that Mr O'Sullivan has not been suspended from work as a result of the investigation.

The probes by the HSE and the gardaí were launched after an ambulance was alleged to have made several unscheduled stops in west Dublin.

It is believed a number of staff at the National Ambulance Service were interviewed and allegations of misuse of drugs during working hours were made.

Sources say large volumes of records are being reviewed to establish if the allegations warrant further action.

"Gardaí are looking at records showing the movements of ambulances. They are trying to establish patterns and if ambulances were making unscheduled stops," a source said.

"The allegations focus around a particular area in the city, so that will be examined."

Mr O'Sullivan told the Sunday World the claims were rubbish.

"Nothing happened at the ambulance base in Swords, that's the problem," he said.

"I can't comment on it.

"It's pure bulls**t. There's no truth in it.

"There's nothing like the health board for rumours - I can't say anymore," Mr O'Sullivan added.

He also said the allegations "could be" motivated by the fact that his sister is the Garda Commissioner.

He said: "It could be - I don't know, I just don't know."

The HSE last night said it has confidence in the ambulance service after the allegations emerged.

Although the HSE would not comment further on the allegations, when pressed a spokesman said the organisation is confident in the National Ambulance Service.

"Of course the HSE is confident in the ambulance service," the spokesman said.

"The investigation is ongoing at the moment - we can't speculate on the outcome of it."

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the gardaí also confirmed the allegations are being investigated.

"A number of matters were reported by the management of the National Ambulance Service to gardaí in Blanchardstown," the garda spokesman said.

"An investigation has commenced under the direction of Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin, Blanchardstown.

"As the investigation is ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time," he added.

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